Cattail Ale | Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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Cattail AleCattail Ale

Brewed by:
Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
Wisconsin, United States

Style: English Pale Mild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.16%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Described as a Wisconsin Mild Ale, brewed with water, malt, hops and yeast; hopped with Kent Golding and finished with a California Ale yeast strain.

Added by Winter on 04-08-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 103 | Ratings: 112
Photo of sjohansen
3.78/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy straw colored pint. Thick two finger white head from a rough pour. Disappears pretty quickly and leaves a thin film on top of the brew. Leaves some artsy lacing on random parts of the glass. I feel like I should take a picture of the design and frame it for the mantle.

Subtle hops and malts are all I can pick up in the nose.

Good hop bitterness throughout the palate, strongest in the finish. Good sweet balance on the front of the tongue. As it warms the yeast comes out a little bit and gives the finish some punch.

The mouthfeel is slightly watery, however the slight carbonation does shake things up just enough to give it some character.

This is a great tasting session brew. Not super powerful, but big on flavor.

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Photo of nickfl
3.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - One finger of white foam that settles quickly and leaves no lace. Golden body with good clarity.

S - Grainy with an herbal hop character.

T - Grainy, with a sweet malt character. Mild herbal hop flavor with mild bitterness. Sweet, cidery finish.

M - High carbonation with a moderate body.

D - Moderately drinkable. The hop character is pretty nice, but the green apple flavors and sweetness become quite cloying towards the end of the glass.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
2.8/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Deep golden hued with a moderate white head.
Bready nose intially. White bread off the bat. Actually, very bready throughout, and approaches toastedness occasionally. Underlying caramel. Turns a bit grainy midway. Thin bodied and seems almost powdery at times.
Straight-forward and pretty mundane, though quickly drainable.

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Photo of martymoat
3.76/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pilsner glass. Sweet and Mild bready aromas up front. Crystal clear and golden with a good bubbly head and a good amount of carbonation bubbles. Taste is sweet up front with a slight hint of earthy hop flavoring, has a almost pilsner like taste, finishes off dry but lingering and light to semi medium bodied .

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.43/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle toa pint glass the liquid is a light cloudy orange with ok carbonation. The head is small. on finger white that fades leaving little lace.

The smell is faint, perhaps some hops.

The taste is better, light malt but a pleasant hops.

The mouthfeel is good, cots of nice carbonation and a just lighter then medium body.

The drinkability is OK. not to bad to try but not a brew to seek out.


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Photo of plaid75
3.85/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a slightly hazy light copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a spicy grassy hop and a very grainy biscuity malt.

The taste was upfront spicy hops, reminiscent of a kolsch or pils, which is unusual for an English style. There was also a solid graininess with a mild sweetness.

The mouthfeel was of average fullness with a biting hop.

Overall a tasty and easy drinking ale. Very similar hop wise to a German pils or kolsch.

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Photo of slyke
3.46/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cattail Ale pours a bright golden color with a finger of white head that laces nicely.

Smell and taste have malt sweetness with a bit of grassiness.

Mouthfeel is medium body with a slightly coating with a crisp finish. Drinkability is good. A session with this one would be enjoyable.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours cloudy orange with a decent crème head that is falling rather quickly. Nose smells like dirty water. Then it turns to an almost stale kind of smell. The label tells me this was bottled 5 or 6 weeks ago. So I know it is fresh. Flavor is okay. Kind of a dirty grain flavor profile. That is about all that is there. This seems average at best to me. Feel is okay. Drinkability is low as this seems like mass produced beer and not something that could be of high quality. Pass.

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Photo of Pauly2X
3.41/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Clear rich golden yellow, two finger head.

S- Pale malts, somewhat bisuity, and mellow hops.

T- Biscuity pale malt taste. very little hop bitterness, just enough to balance out the malts.

M- Light but rather smooth.

D- Very approchable.

A good lawnmower beer.

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Photo of jeffmonarch
3.48/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle in a pint glass.

A - Nice golden yellow color with a thick white head that stays well.

S - Slight smell of hops but it is very faint and not much else.

T - Good flavor for an ale. Slightly sweet. Good light presence of hops.

M - Light body with flavor of a medium body. Good carbonation.

D - If you like ales this is a good one. This has as much flavor as any ale i've ever had. Good choice.

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Photo of CharlesDarwin
2.38/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Originally reviewed June 7 2007. 12 Oz Bottle. Aroma is a weak sickly malt, a touch rubbery. Pours deep gold, with rim of off-white sparse head. Flavor is a plain, very bland middle sugar with a nip of corn and bread. Smacks out in some sort of lemon confusion. A pale Mild? Not interesting. I wish the Kent Goldings showed more and that it wasn’t so bland. Unoffensive. It tastes as you think it would, after looking at the label. Really pretty awful as a Mild Ale.

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Photo of StarSAELS
2.01/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I concur that this just doesn't taste fresh. I likened it to a stale skunked American B/M/C brew. Ale, my heine.

Poured into a pint glass. Little white 1/4" inch head quickly disappeared. No amount of swirling could bring it back. No apparent carbonation, but it made me belch like I was drinkin' Diet Coke (yuk). Smells grainy and a bit lemony... SOUR lemony... and tastes the same. It has that nasty cheap swill taste.

Thankfully the sampler pack had only one.

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Photo of jp32
2.5/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

It pours a slightly hazy golden orange color with minimal head retention.

Oranges and dark fruits maintain the majority of the aroma profile.

Theres something funny in the taste. Somewhat hoppy and fruity, but also high astringency and a strange tweed of unidentified taste.

Mouthfeel is crisp and clean and the drinkability is average. Not a bad beer, just not convinced there isnt something strange with this particular batch, or maybe the beer altogether.

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Photo of GPHarris
2.45/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a - poured a three-fingers thick off-white and bubbly head into my sam adams glass that left thick lace and sheeting. the body was straw gold and dull.
s - grainy, bready and grassy. kind of muted and just no pop.
t - lemony and bitter. just doesn't taste fresh.
m - bubbly and becomes slick towards the finish.
d - nondescript beer, i don't know what else to say.

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Photo of Bonhoeffer
2.73/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Ack. Bottled in April. This one needs to be fresh. No idea what it would be like if it was. This one is off. Chunks of yeast. Hops are faded. It just tastes stale.

It appears that all of the Lakefront beers that recently hit Birmingham are way out of date. C'mon people. Step it up or your beer won't be getting purchased by anyone 6 months from now.

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Photo of botham
3.95/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a semi-hazy straw color with a couple fingers of white head that dissipates quickly. no lacings on this one.

smells malty, with notes of ale yeast and mild hops. overall the aroma is sweet, but not overly so. very mild and balanced in the nostrils. has a lightly fruity character overall.

taste is sweet up front, with pale and munich malts dominating the flavor, but upon swishing, mild hops show themselves, providing a much needed balance. finishes semi-dry with residual hops.

mouthfeel is light bodied and creamy. mild bite from CO2, and no alcoholic presence. pleasant.

drinkability is good. this brew is refreshing, and contains a decent hop character in addition to the maltiness. overall, a decent brew from Lakefront's standards.

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Photo of tgbljb
3.98/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a medium amber color with moderate white head.
Smell is light with a faint fruitiness noted.
Taste is mostly sweetish malt with a very mild hop presence at the ending.
Very light and refreshing with good taste retention.
Very definitely a session beer. Very nice job

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Photo of cdkrenz
3.64/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

$9.99 / 8 Pack
Variety Pack
Dan's Liquor
Plover, Wisconsin

Appearance - Medium to light brown in color. Nearly no head, and I like head.

Smell - It smells like a fresh grain field. There is a hint at something sweet in this ale.

Taste - It starts off with a grainy flavor and moves to finish with hops. It's a complex tasting brew for the first few tastes and then very enjoyable. The hoppy finish is not overdone. It's a light bitter taste that's done very well.

Mouthfeel - The Lakefront native is wet. It feels across the middle of my tongue almost in a straight line and finishes with the flavor towards the back.

~ The flavor of this brew saves it. I've had this one at the brewery tour in Milwaukee before and I remember the experience being much more fulfilling. I'll certainly try it again because I'm thinking the bottle I had may have been towards the end of its life span.

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Photo of smcolw
3.18/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Cloudy gold color. No lasting lace on the glass. Low level head that dies to a single level of tiny bubbles.

Creamy, slightly sour aroma; some "refrigerator" smells. No discernible hop

Clean mostly malty flavor. Closest in taste to a pilsner, although this is an ale. Fuller body than would be expected. No dramatic flaws, but little on the interesting side of the ledger.

This is an offering to the lawn mower Gods. Other than the aroma, it is a rather innocent mild ale. I'd put it with salad, but little else.

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Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.06/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

had this at summerfest in the obligatory plastic cup. this is straw to light peach in color and bit hazy with a creamy white head. grassy, vegetal, musty notes in the nose along with some sweet malt aromas. taste is a light malt sweetness followed by a light hop bitterness. mouthfeel is on the lighter end of the spectrum. a decent session beer to have at a festival, especially when most others are paying pretty much the same price for bmc.

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Photo of Drew966
3.03/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cattail Ale pours a light copper color with a white head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. The aroma is mild, grainy and on the sweet side. Very active carbonation, a bit grainy in the flavor, a slight bit of hops, there's really not much going on here. Drinkable, but there are much better choices out there.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
2.75/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer didn't do much for me...struck as a rather malty amber ale with not much fruitiness. It was sort of a "tweener;" there are beers that are maltier and beers that are hoppier. This beer didn't scratch either of my usual beer itches.

Appearance was a rather dark amber. Aroma was of slight fruitiness (but that is me reaching - it was very slight). Flavor was very malty with no hop taste.

On-tap at the brewery.

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Photo of shadow1961
3/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Lakefront Brewery's Cattail Ale pours out a rocky head over cloudy
yellow brew. Carbonation is active, and the nose is malt and something
a little sour- yeast, perhaps. Flavor is pretty simple- malt and a bit of grain,
a bit of citrus. Slight herb hop aftertaste. The mouthfeel is crisp and cleansing.
Not bad, but nothing special- it's one of 8 different beers in a Lakefront variety
pack. I would say that this is a pretty well-made brew but there's nothing outstanding
here. It would be fine for people who don't care for a big hop presence. (I almost
thought this was a weizen)- and a good choice if you're looking for a session brew.
By all means, it's worth a try.

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Photo of gmfessen
3.18/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a hazy yellow-golden color with a thin, bubbling head. The only real smell I get from this one is a bready yeast smell and a little grainy malt. The taste however does have some bittering hops to it, but the taste is pretty one-dimensional and bland. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a chewy carbonation. This is a drinkable ale, not impressive but it isn't bad either.

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Photo of pmatz2
2.65/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear pale yellow - looks like ginger ale, with a fluffy white head that quickly disappears to nothing

Aroma : Slight floral scent followed by white bread malt

Taste: Predominately bready maltiness with a pronounced floral taste. No hint of hops or roasted malt.

Very little carbonation with a Thin watery mouthfeel

Goes down easy. would drink again if it were one of the few options available won't be going out of my way for this one

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Cattail Ale from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
3.2 out of 5 based on 112 ratings.
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